Anyway, after we'd eaten we stood and chatted to the owner (who is Welsh) for a while. This restaurant has a Curry and Quiz night every couple of weeks and also has music nights with different bands performing. We fully intend to try these out, partly because they are the sort of things we enjoy but moreover, to try to get to know more people. I'll keep you posted!
As the title of this post suggests, we've spent a fair amount of time over the last couple of days, reminiscing about coming over here. It really is hard to believe that a whole year has gone by since we left everything we knew and held dear in England to start a new life here in rural France. I know some of you will have seen some, if not all, of these before, but here is a photo record of our journey from Basildon, Essex to Verteuil-sur-Charente, the village where our rented cottage was situated......
The camper, outside the kennels where we were picking up Finn & Liam. Then Liam, curled up behind Danny in the truck! He settled down there without any problem as if he made a 13 hour journey every day!!
Mile after mile of open, and mostly empty, French roads.
One of the French motorway services where we refuelled the vehicles and ourselves!
All of the vehicles safely at Verteuil.... this is the 'morning after' before we started unpacking the belongings we'd brought to tide us over for those first 3 months. Everything else we owned was in storage in Kent and we wouldn't see it until April.
And finally, we treated our wonderful 'helpers' Paul and Joe to a good meal at the local restaurant, the Café Portebleue, the night before they went back to the UK, in the Mondeo which Joe was to have as his own car.
I have to share with you that this is a very poignant picture for us. I think I tend to focus on the highlights of our life in France in this blog but in our musings over the last couple of days, we recalled that after that night out with the boys, they left the next day around lunchtime and it was only then that the enormity of what we'd done really hit us. Danny especially went through some very dark days, missing his sons terribly and both of us felt that we'd been cast adrift. Of course it did pass, partly because we had to immerse ourselves in so many things, househunting in particular. But I have to say, even now, all this time on, whenever our guests leave, we are always left with a sense of loneliness. Fortunately, it passes quickly now!